Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.
Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition. Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.
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It’s that magical, special time of year, Frocktalkers! Halloween is almost upon us. My email inbox is starting to fill up with requests and questions, so I thought I might just cut to the chase with a list of costumes for 2013 that are sure to be a hit at your workplace, party, or trick-or-treating adventure. In case this is not enough for you, you can see previous years’ lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Get your credit cards ready, because I have purchasing links and everything. And none of it has anything to do with looking like a slut-bag and sacrificing your dignity on some kind of man-made Whoreloween altar. Here we go:
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So I showed up (with a couple of friends) at the LA Opera sale at about 10:30 AM on Saturday, and this is what we saw. The line was around the block, and by our estimate, there were over 500 people waiting to get in.
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Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager
What is steampunk? Is it a genre? A special-interest society? A sub-culture? An aesthetic movement? I think the answer is: yes! Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne. These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction. Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles. Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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